The Scout Report - June 2, 1995

June 2, 1995

A Service to the Internet Community Provided by the InterNIC

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Highlights In This Week's Report:

World Wide Web

  • The Audio Engineering Society, now in its fifth decade, is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Its membership consists of leading engineers, scientists and other authorities throughout the world. The Web site has links to information about audio education, events, careers and more.
  • The Feature Film Project is the Canadian Film Centre's effort to help talented, first-time film makers with financial, production, and marketing assistance.
  • Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Science Web site is especially suitable for middle and high school students and teachers and tackles hard issues that face contemporary scientists every day. Connect to the ELSI pages to see a discussion of basic vs. applied research, equal access to medical screening, indoor air pollution, and personal privacy and medical databases.
  • The Nutrition Expert is a group of Registered dietitians providing nutrition information to the web community online. Topics include weight loss, cholesterol, sports nutrition, and diabetes, and additional directories are under construction. They also offer a for-fee telephone consulting service which lets you pay by check over the phone.
    [Note: When last checked by the Internet Scout team, this site URL was no longer available.]
  • Political Scientist's Guide to the Internet leads users through a well-organized collection of U.S. government and political resources arranged under the topics: federal, state, political research, issues and people, and international affairs. Readers can add resources they have found using a form provided in each section which has resulted in constant updates to the guide. A polite and informative warning at the top of the guide states that the pages make heavy use of the proposed extensions to HTML that are only enabled by the Netscape 1.1 browser, and recommends downloading that browser before you go any further.
  • Tokyo and Japan should be interesting and educational for people from junior-high students to adults. It provides an interactive experience as a virtual tourist on a trip to Tokyo. You can also 'Ask the Old Japan Hand' questions about Tokyo and what it's like to live there. There are also links to many Japanese sites that publish in English. The site is young, but growing. It's direction and speed of growth will be determined by the reactions of the visitors. Your input is encouraged.
    [Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]
  • United Parcel Service package tracking on the 'Net.


  • The American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) was established in 1903 for the promotion of the science of horticulture. With 5000 members from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, ASHS serves as the world's largest and most-respected professional society for individuals who practice horticultural science. The gopher server holds information about the membership in the society and the educational opportunity they provide, as well as their publications.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
  • The Banff Centre Gopher is located in an inspirational mountain setting, The Banff Centre for Continuing Education is a unique Canadian institution playing a special role in the advancement of cultural and professional life, internationally recognized for it's advanced work in arts and management, and for developing and hosting conferences on contemporary issues.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
  • GASNET Anesthesiology Gopher server provides a variety of services to the anesthesiology community, and is the home of Educational Synopses in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (The Online Journal of Anesthesiology) and prepublished abstracts of the Journal of Clinical Monitoring and the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesia. [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
  • The Malacology/Invertebrate Paleontology Department gopher server at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, provides information about the department, staff, publications, authority files, and projects, plus searchable indexes of the collections' type and general catalogs. gopher to:
  • The "TIAA-CREF At Your Service" gopher is maintained by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund, the retirement and financial services company for the education and research community. The server contains general information about the company plus: investment objectives and daily unit values for the CREF accounts and total interest rates for TIAA pay-in and pay-out annuities; current performance information on the CREF accounts and TIAA annuities; public information bulletins and excerpts from company publications; postings of special interest to employee benefit plan administrators, K-12 educators, and graduate students; and frequently asked questions. gopher to:
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher may no longer be available.]
  • The Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) at the US National Library of Medicine has developed an Internet gopher offering free access to national and international information resources and convenient connection to NLM's MEDLARS online databases. Included in the TEHIP gopher are a variety of publications (e.g., the bibliographic publication produced by TEHIP: ALTERNATIVES TO THE USE OF LIVE VERTEBRATES IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND TESTING) and direct connections to many relevant information sources from national and international government groups and universities. Training modules and documentation for the MEDLARS toxicology databases, and a calendar of meetings and courses of interest to those working in the areas of toxicology, environmental health and medicine, and occupational health and medicine are also included. gopher to:
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher may no longer be available.]

New Lists

  • CYBER-RIGHTS - Campaign for Cyber Rights Cyberspace is the "coordination headquarters" for the global Cyber Rights campaign being conducted by CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.) CPSR is a highly respected public service organization that has an effective track record in influencing legislation and regulation. CPSR contributed to the exposure of the fallacies behind the Star Wars project and helped defeat the Clipper Chip. CYBER-RIGHTS is moderated. send mail to: LISTSERV@CPSR.ORG in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE CYBER-RIGHTS yourfirstname yourlastname For example: SUBSCRIBE CYBER-RIGHTS Joe Shmoe
  • Wake-Up_Brain - Fire up those synapses each Monday morning. It's Monday morning and caffeine is slowly percolating into your system but your brain is still covered with weekend sludge. You need something to get those synapses firing, a brain booster to stimulate those billions of gray matter cells. You need Good Morning Thinkers! ... an absolutely free brain wake-up service offered to you by the Innovative Thinking Network, a professional membership association of leaders forging the revitalization of organizations through the powerful use of Innovation, Creativity and Group Thinking Skills. Every Monday morning subscribers receive a short, light-hearted message designed to help wipe away the fog and open the door to more powerful, creative thinking. send mail to: in the body of the message type: Subscribe Wake-Up_Brain


  • When high technology crashes into popular culture you've got Digital Pulse, the heartbeat of the infotainment infobahn with exclusive news and tips from the experts at CMP's Windows Magazine, NetGuide, Home PC and more. This week read about Adam Curry's deal with BMI which will let him sell (and us buy) digital recordings over the 'Net. Free registration is required on Pathfinder, Time Warner's home on the internet.
    [Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]
  • The National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIIAC) was created by executive order at the end of 1993 by President Clinton. The thirty-seven member advisory panel was formally established and appointed in early 1994. Through its diverse membership, the NIIAC represents many of the key constituencies with a stake in the National Information Infrastructure (NII), including private industry; state and local governments; community, public interest, education, and labor groups; creators and distributors of content; privacy and security advocates; and leading experts in NII-related fields. The NIIAC server is brought to you courtesy of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Weekend Scouting

  • The Cannes Film Festival awards listed on the Web site, along with the Buzz and gossip from Cannes.
  • Internet users can now put on their helmet and leathers, fire up their engines, and get out on the information highway on the Harley-Davidson of Stamford Connecticut web site. Harley-Davidson enthusiasts can view the Harley-Davidson and Buell motorcycle lines, visit the parts counter, learn service tips, purchase clothing and collectibles, browse a calendar of upcoming Harley-Davidson events, and enter the Racer's Corner. Visitors can also submit pictures of themselves on their Harley to win a Harley-Davidson T-shirt, listen to the sounds of Harley cycles, and download Harley video clips.
  • The Napa Valley Wine Auction, the nation's largest charity wine auction, will debut the first online bidding for selected wine lots on June 10, 1995 in St. Helena, CA. This four-day food and wine extravaganza has been sold out for weeks, but auction organizers wanted to broaden Saturday's auction bidding excitement beyond the sylvan confines of Meadowood Resort. Auction attendees and Internet surfers alike will have the opportunity to bid on an exciting selection from the program's silent auction lots. Virtual Vineyards, a cyberspace-based food and wine merchant, will display a consolidated bidding screen that will scroll the bidder numbers and dollar bids of both on-site and cyberspace guests. While on-site Auction guests are pre-registered, online surfers can register beginning June 6 by completing an online sign-up form that will assign unique bid paddle numbers. Virtual Vineyards can be accessed on the World Wide Web at the address below. [NOTE: the registration form was not yet available at 8:00 a.m. PST on June 6, but I thought I'd give them the benefit of the doubt and include the announcement in the report. Perhaps it will appear later today.]

About the Scout Report

The Scout Report is a weekly publication offered by the InterNIC to the Internet community as a fast, convenient way to stay informed about network activities. Its purpose is to combine in one place selected new (and newly-discovered) Internet resources.

A wide range of topics are included in the Report with an emphasis on resources thought to be of interest to the InterNIC's primary audience, the research and education community. Each resource has been verified for substantial content and accessibility within a day of the release of the Report.

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-- Susan Calcari
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      Resource Addressing Conventions

      After each resource in the Scout Report one or more network addresses are listed. Every attempt is made to use the same convention in each listing for the network address of each resource. It is assumed that users recognize the type of address and know how to use it. However, for those users unfamiliar with the Internet we provide here the order in which addresses are listed (by network tool) and instructions for accessing additional information in the InterNIC InfoGuide about each network tool. A brief explanation of one tool, WWW is included below.

      The four network tools referenced most often in the Scout Report are World Wide Web, gopher, email, and FTP. Occasionally WAIS and Telnet addresses are also listed.

      After each resource at least one address is listed, and sometimes more. This is because some resources are available using multiple network tools. The network tool addresses are always listed in the same order after each resource:

      • World Wide Web (WWW)
      • Gopher
      • FTP
      • Email
      • Telnet
      • WAIS
      A WWW address is called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) and always begins with a string of characters followed by a colon and two forward slashes. For example:

      To access the resource through the WWW you can use a WWW browser installed on your desktop computer, or a "command-line" WWW client on your local Internet host computer. Web browsers are available for all major computer platforms, including Macintosh, PC, and UNIX. Check with your local support center or your Internet Service Provider for more information about Web browsers installed on the Internet host computer or for your desktop computer.

      Copyright Susan Calcari, 1995.

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